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Harikrishna Beats Ian Nepomniachtchi in Moscow Grand Prix

Indian Grand Master Pentala Harikrishna beat Russian GM Ian Nepomniachtchi in his eighth round tie in the Moscow FIDE Grand Prix here.

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Updated:May 21, 2017, 7:50 PM IST
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Harikrishna Beats Ian Nepomniachtchi in Moscow Grand Prix
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Indian Grand Master Pentala Harikrishna beat Russian GM Ian Nepomniachtchi in his eighth round tie in the Moscow FIDE Grand Prix here.

The World No. 16 Indian, playing with black pieces, was pushed on to his backfoot in the initial stages of the game
but capitalised on his opponents mistake to restore balance into the game held yesterday.

"It was a very complicated game. White was better after the opening, but then Ian made a mistake and gave me an opportunity to equalise positions", Harikrishna said.

With time running out due to time control, Harikrishna remained patient as the Russian kept him under pressure as he went all out for the win.

The Hyderabadi baited his opponent and rolled him in as soon as he committed a mistake to take the game away from him,coming to time control Ian continued to play for a win, but this led into a better position for me. I played the correct moves and brought my King over the whole board to c1, to claim the victory, he further added.

After claiming his second victory of the tournament, Harikrishna climbs up to 12th position on the table amassing a total of four points.

He will take on Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan in his last round game in the quest to achieve a higher rank in the tournament and for a spot at the Candidates tournament.

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